December 2


December 2
Vol. LVII No. 10
Editor: Paul Melancon
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Crackers and special events
A note from President John MacKenzie:
Crackers Editor
Next Meeting: December 2, 2010
Next Editor: Harv Turner
Phone: 805-967-0741
E-Mail: [email protected]
Next Sergeant at Arms:: Bill Montag
Email: [email protected]
The Club is always looking for new members to join our
outstanding organization. Two free lunch passes will be
given to those who bring in new members.
James A. “Jim” McIntyre
3347 Padaro Lane, Carpinteria 93013
805-684-4966, [email protected]
December 7 2010
(See Page 5 for details)
Cosmo Member Ailing?
If you learn of one of our members suffering
from illness or injury, please notify Don
Terrell, 687-8481 or [email protected]. Don will
arrange to send a Cosmo ‘Get Well’ card
wishing our member a quick rebound.
LA-born Jim McIntyre was a CPA before
joining Fremont General Corp., an insurance
and banking business, from which he retired as Chairman in
2007. He also was a member of the exclusive Young
Presidents Organization (YPO). Jim and wife Amanda settled
in Santa Barbara the year he retired. They have 2 daughters
and 1 son. He plays golf, enjoys all sports and is a computer
aficionado. Jim was sponsored by Peter Kruse, John Poole and
Mead Northrup.
George A. Campbell
5957 Village Terrace Dr.
Goleta 93117
805-964-3272 [email protected]
Wisconsin-born, George earned his BS in
Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, served four years as
an Army Combat Engineer, and then forty years in guidance
and navigation systems for aircraft and space vehicles.
George and his wife Mary Ann have resided in Santa Barbara
since 1972, and have two sons and two daughters. He retired
in 1989; his interests are golf, reading and theatre. George
was sponsored by Mead Northrup, Marvin Norman and John
Next Meeting:
Dec 2nd
Bill Bertka will speak on “Stories of the L.A. Lakers”
Intro by John MacKenzie
Bill Bertka was a long time Assistant Coach of the L.A. Lakers.
He is now Director of Scouting and Consultant. He has worked
for 42 years in the NBA. He has worked with every Laker
center, which includes Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul
Jabbar, Vlade Divac, Shaquille O’Neal and Andrew Bynum. Bill
Bertka will give a Los Angeles Laker early season report and
will be introduced by Dr. Gary Cunningham.
Future meetings:
Dec 16th
SMHS Madrigals will serenade us with our traditional
Christmas program.
Wives and/or girl friends (not both) are invited to this one.
Jan 6th Larry Coldren will speak on “Optical Engineering
& Impact On Society” Intro by Jim Davis.
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. He received his
Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford
University in 1972. After 13 years in the research area at Bell
Laboratories, he joined UC-Santa Barbara in 1984, where he
now holds appointments in Materials and Electrical &
Computer Engineering, and is Director of the Optoelectronics
Technology Center. In 1990 he co-founded Optical Concepts,
later acquired as Gore Photonics, to develop novel VCSEL
technology; and in 1998 he co-founded Agility
Communications, later acquired by JDSU, to develop widelytunable integrated transmitters.
Professor Coldren has authored or co-authored over 1000
journal and conference papers, 7 book chapters, 1 textbook,
and has been issued 63 patents. He has presented dozens of
invited and plenary talks at major conferences, he is a Fellow
of the IEEE, OSA, and IEE, the recipient of the 2004 John
Tyndall and 2009 Aron Kressel Awards, and a member of the
National Academy of Engineering.
Wine Drawing:
Bob Zimels raffled off the wines for the day, consisting of a
bottle of Shiloh Road Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, a red
wine and a Gnarly Head Vintage 2009 Chardonnay, a
white wine. George Frakes won the cabernet and
Pete Schenck won the Chard.
Welcome Our Guests
Dick Grossgold reported that there were no guest today.
Regular Events
Bridge – November 4 - Top Scorers
Ed Loper
Howard Glenn
Ron White
Join us for FUN Bridge upstairs at the Elks Club after all
regular meetings; we play until 3:30 PM. Contact Pres Gould
at (805) 964-6568 or [email protected].
Tennis - The tennis group plays doubles twice a
week at a private court in Shadow Hills starting at
8:00 AM Mondays and Thursdays. All tennis players
are invited to participate.
Contact Bruce Long (805) 692-4072 or
[email protected].
Cosmo Computer Society Cosmo Computer Society meets monthly on the third
Tuesday, upstairs at the Elks Club. Discussion
starts at 10:00 AM, and a feature presentation
starts at 10:30 AM. A portion of the meeting is open
discussion of your current computer related problems.
David Ball, ”Senior Consultant at Command Prompt Macintosh Business Solutions”,
will give demonstrations of the new iLife software productivity
Meetings conclude with a no-host luncheon in the Elks Grill. All
Cosmo members are welcome.
Bob Gerity, Program Chair; Howard Glenn, Chair (805) 9672633, or [email protected]. Frank Katch, Co-Chair, 964-2734,
[email protected].
S.A.G.E. Investment Group – Meets monthly at
10 AM on the first Tuesday at the Elks Club,
followed by a no-host lunch in the grill
downstairs. S. A. G. E. does not select or buy
stocks. Dick Evans, Chairman (805) 967- 6930 or
[email protected].
Golf — Mondays - Santa Barbara Golf Club (Muni).
Tee times from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Regular senior rate is
$25 for 18 holes, not including cart. Contact Ron
Singer (805) 684-1355 or [email protected] by
Friday before the Monday for your tee time.
Mondays – Twin Lakes (Par 29) at 9:00 AM.
Work on your short game.
Wednesdays – Ocean Meadows (Par 36) at
8:30 AM. Work on your long-ball skills.
Additional play at various courses. - Contact Ron Singer to
get on the e-mail notification list for the Floating Golf Game
Circuit. Mondays are usually at Muni, Wednesdays are often at
Glen Annie, Fridays’ locations have included La Purisma, Glen
Annie, Soule Park, and Rancho San Marcos. A. B. Clark and
Steven Stonefield will be choosing the floating golf game sites,
so you may contact either of them. Ron Singer, Golf Chair:
[email protected].
Special Events
The Special Events Committee would appreciate hearing from
Cosmo members and their spouses regarding suggested
events that they would be interested in participating in during
the coming year. These could be events such as music and
drama performances, visits to state parks, historical
museums, etc. Trips may be planned for overnight stays at
distant locations. Contact Thore Edgren, chairman, at
“[email protected]” or 967-4001 with your suggestions.
of the meetings. This involves the use of two side
microphones so that anyone asking a question of the speaker
must use one of them to avoid the “please repeat the
question” remarks from the floor. Our speakers have been
advised not to recognize questions that are not made from
one of the side mikes.
December 7, 2010
Christmas Dinner Dance at La Cumbre Country Club
Join COSMO members and their special guests for a
delightfully festive holiday extravaganza. Great location, fine
dining, live music — our club’s premiere social event for
members and their wives or girl friends. Dinner, wine, music
and dance for only $85 per person. Those interested should
contact Albert Mercado (805) 967-2233 as soon as possible,
since table seating and other final arrangements are being
See Page 5 of e-Crackers for details and reservation form.
Ms. Daily’s topic ” The Lost Woman of San Nicholas
Island” discussed the history and artifacts of the most
famous resident of San Nicholas Island, a Nicoleños named
Juana Maria.
February 22, 2011
Descanso Gardens
Spend the day on these beautiful grounds, with acres of oaks
and thousands of blooms—camellias, daffodils, cherry trees
and magnolias. $42.00 per person includes bus trip,
admission and our own narrated tram tour of this spectacular
property located just north of Glendale/Pasadena in La
Canada-Flintridge. Sign ups begin at the December 2,
March 8, 2011
La Traviata Opera, Granada Theatre
March 22-23, 2011
Palm Springs Follies and Living Desert Trip
There will be an early departure to attend the matinee of the
famous Palm Springs Follies, featuring the “4 Preps”. The
next morning there will be a free breakfast followed by a
shuttle tour of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. We will
return to Santa Barbara by late afternoon or early evening on
Wednesday, March 23. This tour is handicapped friendly.
The cost is $375 per couple This includes the bus, driver’s tip,
admission tickets to both events, hotel and baggage delivery
and refreshments. Your only additional cost will be for meals.
The Follies has always been a sellout for Cosmo members.
Please make your reservations now by calling Harry Stroud at
Cosmopolitan Club License Plate Frames are still
available, free for the asking.
Last Meeting:
Invocation by Chuck Curtis
Ticket Sellers were Kent Cullen and Walt Clapp
Punchbowl was manned by Don Archer
Jim Belden announced the changes made to improve the flow
Our speaker for the day, Marla Daily, was introduced by Don
San Nicholas Island is one of the eight
Channel Islands (San Miguel, Santa
Rosa, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara,
Anacapa, Santa Catalina, San Nicolas
and San Clemente)
off the coast of Santa Barbara, Ventura
and Los Angeles Counties. San Nicolas
and San Clemente are under military
authority (Naval Air Warfare Center/Weapons Division of Pt.
San Nicholas comprises approximately 22 square miles,
making it the 5th in size of the Channel Islands and is 61 miles
from the nearest land (Pt. Mugu).
In 1836, the Mexican schooner, “Peor es Nada” (roughly
translated as Nothing Worse), under the command of Charles
Hubbard and with the assistance of otter hunter Issac Sparks,
removed the last of the natives of San Nicolas Island, leaving
Juana Maria behind. She remained on the island for the next
18 years as the sole inhabitant.
Hunters and passersby reported seeing her during her 18
years of isolation. In 1853, Captain George Nidever, a
frontiersman and otter hunter rescued Juana Maria and took
her to his residence in Santa Barbara where she lived until
she died 5 years later. Apparent cause of her death was most
likely the change of diet from island fare of shell fish and seal
fat to the normal diet of the mainland.
George Nidever reports that the site of the enclosure where
he found her was on the Northwest side of the island near the
tip of a ridge. It was near good drinking water, a great
location for fish and seal and had a commanding view of most
of the island.
When she was brought to the mainland, she had few
possessions, namely, a feathered robe (now lost), a twine
basketry water bottle (subsequentially destroyed), an abalone
fishhook and a small bird point arrow head. Later
investigations found she also had a whale baleen hairpin and
a steatite donut stone.
Fr. Gonzales of the Santa Barbara Mission is reported to have
received the feathered robe and sent it to the Vatican, but it
has never been located.
The twined water bottle was in the possession of the
P. O. Box 3993
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
California Academy of Sciences and is believed to have been
destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Upcoming Events
The abalone fishhook and the arrow head, both previously
owned by John and Ruth Rock are now in the collection of the
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
April 2011
April 23, 2011
May 7, 2010
James Terry, an anthropological collector, visited Santa
Barbara in 1882 and purchased a “bone needle” from George
Nidever. After an extensive search, Ms. Daily located the
object in the American Museum of Natural History in New
York. It was not a bone needle, but rather the Grey Whale
Baleen Hairpin.
May 13, 2011
George Nidever gave the steatite donut stone to his older
brother, John, who in turn gave it to his daughter Nancy Ann
Leslie and in succession it became the property of James
Vincent Leslie.
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
Annual Spring Dance
Private Rail Car trip to SLO
LA Philharmonic at the
Granada Theatre
Ben Walsh Memorial Gourmet
Dinner, SBCC
PCPA Theatrefest, Petersen
Valley Inn, Solvang
Polo Club Buffet and Match, SB
Polo Grounds
Circle Bar B Ranch Dinner and
Show, Gaviota
George Nidever died in 1883 and was found to be buried in an
unmarked grave in Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara. Ms.
Daily, against stubborn opposition, was eventually able to
have a monument installed at George’s grave site and in
November of 2008, Bishop Thomas Curry blessed the
Surviving relatives of Capt. Nidever include Helen Shapiro,
Dennis Smith, Margaret Smith, Jim Leslie and Judy Leslie.
Dec 16th
The Cosmopolitan Club of Santa Barbara
Christmas Dinner Dance
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
La Cumbre Country Club
6:00 pm Cocktails, social hour
No host bar
7:00 pm DINNER
with wine
Dancing to the music of: CITY LIGHTS COMBO
Salad with Goat Cheese
Choice of:
Grilled Halibut with lemon-butter sauce
Sliced tenderloin of beef with morel mushroom sauce
Au gratin potatoes
Apple Pie A-la-Mode
Price: $85/person
Dress: formal or cocktail dress
Spouse or Guest _________________________________
Seating Preference (if any)
O near Dance Floor
O quiet location
I wish to be seated with:_____________________and________________________
Mail form and check payable to Cosmopolitan Club to:
Albert N. Mercado, Dance Chair, 4590 Camino Molinero, Santa Barbara CA 93110

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